Tried & Tested

Hotel check: The Ritz-Carlton

31 Oct 2012

WHAT’S IT LIKE? A luxury hotel located on floors 22 to 26 of a 54-level mixed-use tower, the 123-room Ritz-Carlton opened in 2010. It offers a more intimate alternative to its co-located sister property, the 878-room JW Marriott at LA Live, with which it shares many of its facilities. Whereas the JW (with rooms on floors four to 21) has an expansive ground-floor lobby/dining area on one side of the building, The Ritz-Carlton has a small, private reception that immediately suggests a more personal, boutique feel. The offering is decidedly high-end corporate, with attentive service and smart décor. 

WHERE IS IT? It’s part of the Downtown LA Live complex, close to several convention centres, the Nokia Theatre and the Staples Center. A free car drop-off service for guests travelling within a 3km radius is available for three hours every morning and three hours every evening, and a valet parking service is also provided.

ROOM FACILITIES Rooms come in eight categories (including three suite types) and start from 42 sqm. All have 42-inch HD flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, DVD players, minibars, Nespresso machines, safes, workdesks, and wired and wifi internet (US$13 a day). Marble bathrooms are fitted with separate rainshowers and tubs, and TVs integrated into the mirrors. Club-level rooms and suites have access to a 23rd floor lounge (open 7am-10pm) that offers five food and drink services a day, free wifi and use of two computers. My Club Deluxe room was bright and spacious with sweeping views of LA and a comfy bed. 

RESTAURANTS AND BARS WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is on level 24 and dishes up contemporary Chinese cuisine in the evenings in a chic, modern environment, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views. Guests also have access to JW Marriott’s Ion pool bar, the Mixing Room for cocktails, Glance wine bar, Espressamente Illy café and LA Market by Kerry Simon for all-day dining. 

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES The Ritz-Carlton and JW share more than 9,000 sqm of function space across three floors (levels one to three). There are three ballrooms, the largest of which can host 2,800 delegates for a reception. There are 14 smaller meeting rooms seating between 10 and 121 people.

LEISURE FACILITIES A 743 sqm spa with nine treatment rooms is located on level two, while the 26th floor has a heated outdoor pool with views of the city and mountains beyond, a hot tub and a 24-hour gym. 

VERDICT An excellent new Downtown hotel offering luxurious rooms, sophisticated service and must-try dining from WP24, with easy access to the extensive facilities provided by the JW Marriott. It is also perfectly positioned for nearby conventions and events.

PRICE Internet rates for a flexible midweek stay in November start from US$399 for a Deluxe room. 

CONTACT The Ritz-Carlton, 900 West
Olympic Boulevard; tel +1 213 743 8800; www.ritzcarlton.com

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